Ecological Services for Land Development and Construction in the Ottawa Area
Did your municipality or local Conservation Authority request you determine environmental impacts due to your development proposal? You’ve come to the right place! We can help you figure out what you need to do to get shovels in the ground for your project. Whether it’s working through permitting requirements, or preparing an Environmental Impact Statement, we have the expertise to make things happen. See our list of services below.
Baseline Data Collection and Pre-Development/Construction Services
- Assessment of ecological values and functions of aquatic and terrestrial habitats
- Species at risk screening and targeted surveys, and habitat mapping
- Butternut Health Assessments for Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks’ registration and permitting process
- Avian screenings and surveys (migratory breeding birds, marsh birds and owls)
- Amphibian and reptile surveys
- Fish community inventory and fish habitat assessment
- Ultrasonic monitoring and surveys for bats
- Vegetation and tree inventories, including at-risk and invasive species
- Characterization of plant communities through use of the Ecological Land Classification methodology
- Drain classification
- Preparation of Environmental Impact Statements and Tree Conservation Reports
- Permitting and authorization applications
- Development of impact mitigation strategies and compensation measures for construction
- Contractor Species at Risk Awareness training
- Temporary and permanent reptile and amphibian exclusion fence installation, monitoring, and maintenance
Preparation of Environmental Impact Statements, Ecological Assessments, and Tree Conservation Reports
Municipalities and regulatory authorities sometimes ask for certain studies or reports, as a condition of development. Our ecology team has a wealth of experience in preparation of ecological reports for private clients and municipalities, including Environmental Impact Statements (scoped or detailed), Tree Conservation Reports, Species at Risk Screening Reports, among others.
Inventories, assessment, and mapping of biological communities, wetlands, ecosystems, environmentally sensitive areas, species at risk habitat, and significant wildlife habitat.
Before development, our ecology team can gather baseline conditions of your property through inventories, surveys, and assessment of the existing conditions. After we have completed the surveys, we can map the areas assessed, ready to be included in Environmental Impact Statements, Ecological Impact Studies, and other similar reports for your project.
Our team has also been trained in the Ecological Land Classification methodology, and uses this methodology to classify plant communities for our projects.
Screening and Targeted species at risk surveys, inventories, monitoring, and management.
Prior to development, you may be asked by your municipality to have a screening or targeted surveys for species at risk completed on your property. These surveys will predict or confirm the presence or absence of species at risk in or adjacent to the area you wish to develop.
Our ecology team at ALHG is experienced in interpreting habitat and conducting targeted surveys for 50 different species at risk.
Permitting and authorization applications
If there is habitat for a species at risk present on your property, our ecology team can help you work with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks to prepare any registrations, permit applications or management plans that are required to achieve your development goals.
Contractor Species at Risk Awareness training
Our ecology team has provided training to multiple Contractors in eastern Ontario for Species at Risk Awareness. The training can be tailored to include the risks of specific types of projects, and identification of the specific species at risk known to occur within the project area. Or, the training can include a broader scope to include information on species at risk for a greater area of the province.
Temporary and permanent reptile and amphibian exclusion fence installation, monitoring, and maintenance
ALHG has the equipment, expertise and experience to install temporary and permanent reptile and amphibian exclusion fencing. Our team is well-versed in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s approved method of installation of this fencing, and can provide monitoring services during installation and after, to ensure the fencing functions properly.
During Construction Services
- Monitoring of mitigation measures
- Water quality monitoring
- Species at risk monitoring
- Avian screenings for migratory birds
- Fish rescue (de-fishing) and relocation services
Species at risk monitoring.
Our ecology team is trained in species at risk identification and proper handling techniques, in order to ensure your construction activities avoid negative impacts to species at risk, if they enter your site.
Avian screenings for migratory birds.
Our ecology team has the expertise to screen vegetation proposed for removal on your site, for evidence of nesting migratory birds, and confirm whether the vegetation can be removed without negative impacts.
Fish rescue and relocation services.
Our ecology team can provide de-fishing services to ensure fish are removed from harm’s way and relocated downstream of your project works area.
- Ecosystem rehabilitation and restoration
- Compensation habitat designs, including species at risk habitat
- Post-construction monitoring of compensation measures (e.g., compensation habitat, nest cups, etc.)
- Re-vegetation plans and designs, including Low Impact Design
Ecosystem rehabilitation and restoration.
Through native plantings and habitat modification, our team at ALHG is equipped to rehabilitate and restore areas that have been impacted by construction. We also are able to rehabilitate riparian areas (i.e., areas directly adjacent to the water), in order to prevent further bank and shoreline erosion.
Compensation habitat designs and installation of compensation measures for species at risk.
Often species at risk permits from the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) have requirements to design, install, and maintain compensation habitat or install compensation measures. Our ecology team is knowledgeable in what elements are required for habitat appropriate to specific species at risk, and we can recommend appropriate modifications to your property to accommodate. We also have the knowledge and equipment to install and monitor compensation measures, such as Barn Swallow nest cups, turtle nesting habitat, Gray Ratsnake nest boxes, etc.
Finally, we can provide monitoring services of this habitat, to provide documentation to the MECP, that the habitat is being used by the species, or that the habitat is functioning properly.
Low Impact Development designs.
ALHG is knowledgeable in Low Impact Development (LID) design, a modern stormwater management strategy to manage water runoff in an urban environment. The perfect time to install LID designs is right after your recent development or construction project.